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Tottenham is transforming and it is not just about a football club. With all the redevelopment taking place around Tottenham Hale and the swathe of new bars and restaurants it brings, Tottenham is worth a (re)visit. From Europe’s largest urban wetlands to the historic Bruce Castle, there is plenty to see, plus did we mention the sheer number of Tottenham based brewery taprooms that allow you to taste their beer at the source?
Here is our top things to do in Tottenham guide:
Hot on the heels of Bermondsey Beer Mile, Tottenham is fast becoming one of London’s best beer boroughs, being home to several established breweries. All have taprooms that either open at the weekends or coincide with when a Tottenham Hotspur home game on. With new local breweries opening all the time (especially in neighbouring Walthamstow), our top Tottenham taprooms include:
1. Pressure Drop Brewery
One of the nicer brewery set-ups, Pressure Drop brewery opens up its Tottenham taproom every Saturday, serving around 10 of their own lines. With the bar and picnic tables set amongst the brewing vats inside, the summer months also see their car park become an alfresco beer garden.
Pressure Drop is dog friendly and payment is by card only – a £2.50 deposit is also required for your first beer glass which you can claim back at the end. Most weekends, they have a guest pop up food-stall (our favourite so far has been Chicken & Gochu’s Korean fried chicken stall).
Unit 6, Lockwood Industrial Park, Mill Mead Road, N17 9QP
2. Beavertown Brewery
The first main brewery in Tottenham (and located a few doors down from Pressure Drop), Beavertown was one of London’s first industrial estate taproom pioneers and is open every Saturday to the public.
Given their success and how massive they’ve become, Beavertown beer now features in practically every bar in London. They are due to open a new site later in 2020 at Ponds Forge so at the time of writing, the future of the Beavertown Tottenham taproom is unknown (although it will still remain a brewery).
Unit 17, Lockwood Industrial Park, Mill Mead Road, N17 9QP
3. ORA Brewing
A 10-minute walk from both Beavertown and Pressure Drop across Tottenham Marshes brings you to ORA Brewing, another Tottenham Brewery located on an industrial estate. A little taste of Italy in Tottenham, ORA Brewing started as a home brewing operation in Milan and Emilia Romagna before transferring to North London.
The Ora Brewery taproom (open every Saturday from noon) is a nice set-up with picnic tables inside and chairs and a sofa located inside, amongst the brewery equipment. The soft furnishings and indoor plants are a really nice touch, although the beer prices here are more expensive than the other Tottenham breweries – the craft on draft alternates and when we visited (August 2020), we opted for a pint of Icarus (lemongrass infused and 4.5% abv and £5 a pint) and a half pint of Cerbero, a rather decadent tiramisu stout (£4 for half a pint).
Unit 16a, Rosebery Industrial Park, London N17 9SR
4. Redemption Brewery and Bohem Brewery
Situated on the outskirts of an unassuming industrial estate in the shadow of the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, lies two of Tottenham’s newer breweries. Redemption Brewery is the more established of the two, with their beers available in numerous local bars and also larger Wetherspoons pubs. Specialising in craft cask beers, they only open their taproom during Tottenham Hotspurs home match days.
Bohem Brewery offers traditional Bohemian style lagers brewed by Czechs and is open Tuesday to Sundays, from 4.30pm to 11pm. An award winning micro brewery with a nice line in lagers, this is definitely one worth ‘hop’ping over to.
Redemption Brewery: 16, Compass West Estate, West Road, Tottenham, N17 0XL
Bohem Brewery: Unit 5, Littleline House, 41-43 West Road, N17 0RE
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5. Craving, Tottenham
Similar to the aforementioned breweries, Craving is a neat little independent cafe located on an industrial estate serving light bites, a Ramen and Asian fusion menu plus beer, wine and cocktails. On Thursday and Friday nights they open late until 11pm.
39B Markfield Road, Tottenham N15 4QA
6. Walthamstow Wetlands
Despite the name, Walthamstow Wetlands is actually closer to Tottenham Hale and is Europe’s largest urban wetlands (a 10 minute walk from Tottenham Hale Tube). Comprising of several huge interlinking reservoirs with pathways all around, this 211 hectare site is home to an abundance of wildlife. It still provides much of London’s drinking water and is the city’s largest fishery – small wonder birds from all over the world flock here!
The former Engine House building dates from Victorian times and is now a visitor centre and cafe (which has an outdoor seating area which looks over the boardwalks). Admission to Walthamstow Wetlands is free and they have wildlife related events on most weekends.
2 Forest Road, N17 9NH
Opening hours: Everyday 9.30am-4pm
7. Tottenham Green Market
Held every 2nd Sunday of the month near Tottenham Town Hall, this is a bustling food market consisting of around 35 rotating street food stalls and local produce. One of our favourites is Chok Shop, a Cambodian noodle stall run by Steven Halcrow who we first met on one of his food tours in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Further back at the square in front of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre is a Caribbean stall that draws you in with its BBQ charcoal aromas.
Tottenham Green, Tottenham, N15 4UR
8. Tottenham Hale Canal Walk / Lee Valley Walk
A short two-minute walk from Tottenham Hale Tube station brings you to the canal and the Lee Valley walk. To the north, you can walk and bike along the canal unencumbered to the likes of Enfield and picturesque Waltham Abbey. Heading to the south with bring you to all the canal-side pubs in Hackney Wick and the numerous activities of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. If you feel like a real adventure, a two hour walk south will take you all the way to the River Thames via at Limehouse Cut.
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9. True Craft, Tottenham
You had us at craft beer and fresh sourdough pizza! This Tottenham gem is one of our favourite bars in the area, as the beer lines change regularly and the pizzas are so good (you can watch them being made and fired in the pizza oven from the comfort of the bar).
Located approximately five minutes walk away from Seven Sisters Tube station, they also have a fridge chock full of beers to takeaway. As the bar is quite small and can get full quite quickly, it is best to arrive early if you are planning an all day session.
68 West Green Road, Tottenham, N15 5NR
10. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Obviously the prime purpose for visiting here is if you are going to a Spurs game, but did you also know you can do a Stadium tour, where you can visit all the changing rooms and work right up to the pitch?
Opened recently for the start of the 2019 Premier League Season at a reported cost of £1 billion (yikes!), Tottenham Hotspur’s ground also plays host to several NFL UK games every year and it is amazing to see on the stadium tour that the NFL has their own set of changing rooms, baths etc.
To attract more tourists, there are plans to open a Tottenham Hotspur skywalk later in 2020 where you can walk on the stadium roof in the shadow of a giant golden cockerel (Spur’s motif). Tottenham Hotspur’s ground also lays claim to having Europe’s longest bar, 65 metres in length (although this is only accessible on match days), plus Beavertown Brewery has an outpost here, brewing seasonal beers right on site.
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11. The Bluecoats Pub and Lucky Chip burgers
A former girls school built in the 1830s that has now been turned into a beer and burger bar, this is a family friendly pub that has a whole heap of craft beers on tap (up to 20 different beers at any one time). Fittingly as a former school, chalk blackboards behind the bar denote all the various prices and beer percentages.
Found on Tottenham High Road, about 5 minutes walk from the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, their speciality is burgers and all food is prepared by Lucky Chip.
614 High Road, Tottenham, N17 9TA
12. Ferry Boat Inn, Tottenham Hale
Situated on the edge of the Walthamstow Wetlands, this recently refurbished inn is a nice afternoon spot (it also happens to be our local pub). Why we like it is not so much for the food (average at best, although the burgers are pretty good) but more for the fact it doesn’t feel like a London pub, given it’s beer garden overlooks the canal and there are various bird calls and noises of nature from the neighbouring wetlands. Check their website for weekly food offers such as half price pies on a Monday night.
Ferry Lane, Tottenham, N17 9NG
13. Tottenham cheese shops
Totten-ham and cheese, please! Although you might not expect the area to be renowned for its dairy deliciousness, Tottenham is home to two of London’s finest purveyors of cheese, Wine & Rind and Wildes Cheese.
Wind & Rind markets itself as ‘…Tottenham’s first cheese shop’, bringing the UK’s finest cheeses in one place – as well as their shop, they also have a weekly stall at Holcombe Market.
Award-winning Wildes Cheese on Queen Street is an artisan cheese-making company that also offer a number of regular cheese making workshops.
Wine & Rind: Holcombe Market N17 9AA
Wildes Cheese: The Micro Dairy, Units 9 and 10 Frontier Works, 33 Queen Street London. N17 8JA
14. Tottenham street art
There are several famous spots for street art in Tottenham but two of the biggest and best canvases can be found in side streets off Broad Lane, near Tottenham Hale Retail Park.
In this area, the main collective street art spot in Tottenham is in and around the industrial units in Fountayne Road, primarily along the second right hand road – nearby, the side street next to Ada. National College for Digital Skills has huge wooden walls that constantly evolve with new portraits and paintings.
Three other top Tottenham street art examples are The Queen’s Gambit mural at Stoneleigh Court (near Bruce Grove station) , the Boe and Irony Squirrel (reaching for a huge nut) in Portland Road (near Seven Sisters station) and Zabou’s incredible ‘I Miss You’ mural on Sherringham Avenue . Note these are all current at the time of writing (January 2022) and have been around a while but street art sometimes vanishes as soon as it appears…)
15. The High Cross pub
Given the High Cross used to be a public toilet (we ‘sh*t’ you not!), this is quite a quirky place to visit, with several local craft beers on tap including Redemption Brewery and Pressure Drop, and cheeses from Wine & Rind.
We’ve visited on a couple of Sundays and it has always been busy, likely because their Sunday Roasts are delicious (you can choose from several options on the pub blackboard). Given it is a former public convenience, the High Cross is quite small inside so table space is limited – advance booking is recommended.
350 High Road, Tottenham, N17 9HT
16. Bruce Castle Museum
Although it sounds like something straight out of Batman, this is an elegant 16th century Grade I listed manor house which now houses a free to visit museum and local archives, set amongst 20 acres of green park land.
Lordship Lane, Tottenham, N17 8NU
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